Mallory Weggemann broke world records when participating in S7 and eventually got gold medals during the IPC swimming world championships. However, she developed paraplegia after receiving shingles treatment, where the epidural injection paralyzed her legs. She ended up using this to her advantage, and she eventually went on to swim again. Luckily, this athlete bounced back quickly, getting in the water again within just four months of the accident. They reclassified her in S8, a controversial claim, but she eventually won the freestyle despite the change.
Her goal was to be in the Paralympics, and she eventually did get customized leg braces to help with this. She trained to be in the Paralympics in 2016, and eventually, in 2021, she went to the Tokyo Olympics, winning medals and breaking two major records during these games. They already selected Mallory as the 2022 representative for the World Para Swimming Championships, showing that you can recover faster than you think, despite your disability.